Participation

Dressing Casual for Domestic Abuse

By August 20, 2014 No Comments

Abuse is a systematic pattern of behaviors in a relationship that is used by one person to gain and/or maintain power and control over another person. Abuse comes in many forms and can be physical, verbal, sexual, emotional and financial, just to name a few. It affects men, women and children of all ages.

Abuse is a systematic pattern of behaviors in a relationship that is used by one person to gain and/or maintain power and control over another person. Abuse comes in many forms and can be physical, verbal, sexual, emotional and financial, just to name a few. It affects men, women and children of all ages.

Our employees wanted to do something to help these abuse victims in our communities, so we had a Casual for a Cause day on Thursday, August 14. Every month, our employees can choose to dress casual for a small price – a donation to a local non-profit organization or group. This supports our Concern for Community Cooperative Principle. This month, employees could either donate cash or some wish list items to two local domestic abuse shelters – the Christine Anne Domestic Abuse Services and the Harbor House Domestic Abuse Program.

The Christine Ann Domestic Abuse Services has been around since 1984 and serves individuals and families who have been affected by domestic abuse. They have a community-living home with 35 beds that provides safe and temporary housing for these victims. While in the shelter, residents receive support services while they maintain their own living spaces, make their own meals and take care of family needs.

The other shelter that we made a donation to is the Harbor House Domestic Abuse Programs of Outagamie County. Harbor House is an integrated and supportive community, surrounding victims and survivors of domestic abuse with a comprehensive range of program options. In 2001, their 59,000 sq. ft. facility with 44 shelter beds opened to also serve the individuals and families affected by abuse.

Both of these organizations are doing unbelievable things in our communities and helping people in need when they have nowhere else to go.